Empathize: Empathy is the ability to not only detect what others feel but also to experience that emotion yourself. It is to understand the experience, the object, and the process, from the point of view of another. There are many benefits to empathy such as, connecting people together, healing, building trust, and closing loops. One may need to have a certain amount of empathy before being able to experience accurate sympathy or compassion.
Then find multiple perspectives. It is always a great idea to look at things with different prospective, and then ask yourself, what is the nature of the problem to be solved?
Ideate: It’s not about coming up with the ‘right’ idea, it’s about generating the broadest range of possibilities.” – Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Ideate is the space in design thinking where individuals and teams elevate and celebrate the power of possibility. It is the transition from identifying a particular question or problem to generating a wide variety of potential answers and solutions.
Prototype: A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product that is built to examine a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from. It basically synthesize the solutions into a product design; a website; a building; or an experience.
Test: To test is to examine or observe the performance or accuracy of your design or anything else before putting it out for the world to see. This I believe is the last step to anything. In summary all you have to do for this step is to test your solution. Measure its failures. Repeat.